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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Curtis1973, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. Curtis1973

    Curtis1973 Android Expert
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    Ive been trying to edit some xml from apps. But all I get is jumbled symbols,etc even when trying some xml capable apps for windows like notepad+. Any suggestions on what I may be doing incorrect,a good xml editor out there,etc?? Thanks.:)

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  2. ktb83

    ktb83 Android Enthusiast

    I would use notepad++.

    Are you decompiling the apks first? Not just extracting them?
  3. Hashtag

    Hashtag Android Enthusiast

    I use a command line tool called apktool. It decompiles it(rather than just extracting), then I make the changes in eclipse, and recompile it with apktool. Works like a charm.
  4. Curtis1973

    Curtis1973 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    ok,yeah i was just extracting everything. i have apktool already. ill use it to decompile,etc...brain fart. lol never occured to me i needed to decompile recompile.
  5. ShinySide

    ShinySide Extreme Android User

    Yea you have to decompile to be able to read the xml.

    Only time you really need to just extract an apk with 7zip or whatever you may use is when swapping images out. For any other reason you gotta decompile

    Oh and Notepad++ is in my opinion the best editor. You can also use it when doing samli ;)
  6. Curtis1973

    Curtis1973 Android Expert
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    yeah ive used notepad+ for many uses other than xml. i knew it was capable,i just wasnt doing things in the right order. im hoping to edit my phone and conracts apks and redesign the layout onscreen entirely and also do some color matching etc....sounds like work to some. but to me its fun. as long as i dont brick lol. backup ppl rule of they day ;)
  7. ShinySide

    ShinySide Extreme Android User

    Contacts has alot of color codes all over the place, least for the phone I usually do stuff for and to make it all uniform takes so time tracking all the colors codes down.... The phone apk from my experiences is super sensitive and usually force closes right away when I would make changes. ;):cool:
  8. anchinsha

    anchinsha Lurker

    I dont like notepad+, he commercial ones are better and you can set break points and so on. I use Liquid XML Editor.
  9. Curtis1973

    Curtis1973 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    ive not had to many issues with notepad+ yet. but I'll take a look at liquid xml. im using every method i can so alternatives are nice.
  10. Curtis1973

    Curtis1973 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    and just to give a bit back,what im doing is editing each elite stock app that most people use and attempting to blend a little ics,honeycomb and some other elements into a pretty nice revamp of the original stock gingerbread. im approx 50% complete.
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